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March 20, 2015

Friday’s Trifecta: Supermoon, Solar Eclipse, Spring Equinox

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Solar Eclipse
Solar Eclipse

Story from NationalGeographic.com
By Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic
PUBLISHED MARCH 18, 2015

This week sees a rare combo of total solar eclipse, perigee moon, and the first day of spring.

A total eclipse occurs when the moon comes between Earth and the sun, casting a lunar shadow onto the Earth’s surface along a narrow, 62-mile-wide (100-kilometer) path. Because this “black hole” effect lasts for only a couple of minutes, totality ends up being a truly rare event for any single spot on Earth—occurring about once every three centuries for each geographical location.

Friday’s eclipse will race across remote regions of the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean, so only a relatively few lucky souls will be able to see it. But people in large parts of Europe and in northern areas of Africa and Asia will get to enjoy at least a partial solar disappearing act.

Adding to the uniqueness of the total eclipse, it falls on the vernal equinox, which officially occurs at 22:45 GMT (6:45 p.m. EDT) and marks the beginning of spring. While the occurrence of an eclipse on the equinox is considered a cyclical event and is not that rare, this celestial combination won’t occur again until 2034 read more…

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February 2, 2015

February’s full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February.

Filed under: Miscellaneous — William Carbone @ 8:09 pm
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From The Old Farmer’s Almanac

February’s full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February.

February’s full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February.

Hunting becomes very difficult, and so some Native American tribes called this the Hunger Moon.

Other Native American tribes called this Moon the “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon” (Wishram Native Americans), the “No Snow in the Trails Moon” (Zuni Native Americans), and the “Bone Moon” (Cherokee Native Americans). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.

Old Farmer’s Almanac
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January 4, 2015

January 2015: The Full Wolf Moon

Filed under: Miscellaneous — William Carbone @ 10:18 am
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The Full Wolf Moon will be 100% full Jan 4 at 8:54 P.M. Las Vegas time.

Full Moon Names
January is the month of the Full Wolf Moon. It appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. It is also known as the Old Moon. To some Native American tribes, this was the Snow Moon, but most applied that name to the next full Moon, in February.

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December 24, 2014

Watch a Green Comet Streak Across the Sky for Christmas

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Comet Lovejoy

Comet Lovejoy

Andrew Fazekas for National Geographic
PUBLISHED DECEMBER 24, 2014

Watch a Green Comet Streak Across the Sky for Christmas
Comet Lovejoy is brightening faster than expected, putting on a show you can see for yourself this holiday season.

Just in time for the holidays, the skies are serving up a special cosmic gift: a brightening comet that may not have been in our part of the solar system for nearly 12,000 years. (more…)

December 10, 2014

Black-on-white crime in America

Filed under: Miscellaneous — William Carbone @ 1:02 pm
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 Crime scene tape

startribune.com
Article by: JASON LEWIS Updated: September 14, 2013 – 4:29 PM

When Daniel Patrick Moynihan zeroed in on the disintegration of the nuclear family as the root cause of African-American poverty and crime in the mid-1960s, the out-of-wedlock birth rate for black Americans was 25 percent.

Today, after a civil-rights revolution (culminating in the election of the nation’s first African-American president) and $15 trillion spent on a feckless war on poverty (the official poverty rate hasn’t budged), more than 70 percent of black babies are born out of wedlock.

Consequently, unemployment and poverty remain far higher for blacks than for the rest of Americans. More disturbing, however, is the elephant in the living room that no one in the public eye seems interesting in addressing — appalling levels of crime committed by young African-American males. (more…)

December 5, 2014

WATCH: Charles Barkley Tells CNN “We Gotta Lot of Crooks…”

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KFI
Posted Wednesday, December 3rd 2014 @ 12pm

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley

Former NBA star Charles Barkley recently called Ferguson looters “scumbags,” praised police officers who work in black neighborhoods, and said he supports the decision made by the grand jury not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brownshooting. (more…)

December 2, 2014

Mickey Rourke wins boxing match in Moscow by knockout

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From KFI.Com
Posted Monday, December 1st 2014 @ 3pm

Mickey Rourke wins boxing match in Moscow by knockout

(Credit: YouTube)

MOSCOW (AP) — Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. (more…)

November 24, 2014

Stardust Coming Back (sort of,) And More Online Gaming News

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UPDATE 12/2/14
You CAN play in the US. Sign up here:

From September 16, 2013 at 3:57 PM | by eastcoastgambler at vegaschatter.com

The Stardust casino is making a comeback of sorts. You may remember Stardust in its physical form on the north end of the Vegas Strip in the 70s through the 90s. Well, Stardust is making a comeback online and, specifically, on Facebook.

Stardust Coming Back

Stardust Coming Back

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November 6, 2014

And Yet Another Full Moon on November 6th, 2014: The Full Beaver Moon

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Full Moon

Full Moon

The Full Beaver Moon will be 100% full on November 6th, 2014 at 2:22 P.M. Pacific time. (more…)

October 24, 2014

Man Walks Into Burning House and Rescues Stranger

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From http://abcnews.go.com/

More ABC news videos | ABC Health News

The video — showing flames and panic, a house engulfed by fire — circulated around the world.

A resident was trapped inside the burning Fresno, California, home, when a man wearing a blue Los Angeles Dodgers cap calmly walked amid the flames and carried the man to safety. (more…)

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